Most Americans plan action to alleviate climate change

Most Americans plan action to alleviate climate change

There's nothing like hitting people where they live to goad them into action.

In separate polling, the AP and University of Chicago found similarly high percentages of Americans accept the science of climate change and among those who have become more convinced, the wild weather weather of recent years has played a major role. The other, issued by the several US government agencies just after Thanksgiving, laid out a litany of ills climate change could bring to the country - heat waves that could make Chicago feel like Las Vegas, warming ocean temperatures that could displace Maine's lobsters and a year-round spike in disease-carrying mosquitoes in Florida.

In Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho, about 40 percent of people don't believe climate change is happening.

"Global warming used to be viewed as a problem distant in time and space", said report co-lead researcher Ed Maibach, a climate change and public health communications expert at George Mason University.

Growing concern over global warming could spur interest in electric cars that use less energy and rely on electric power that is getting steadily cleaner in the U.S.

The survey says that 48 percent of Americans feel hopeful about global warming, while 51 percent feel helpless. "And I think part of what's happening is the wildfires, the drought, the flooding, the changes are becoming closer to home".

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The poll shows that climate-science deniers have begun to lose the battle of public perception. In addition, 72 percent of respondents said climate change is caused entirely or mostly by humans.

In 2018, Americans watched as California towns were incinerated by fires, hurricanes devastated coastal communities and a government report sounded the alarm about the impacts of a changing climate.

Only 14 percent believe that it is already too late to do anything about global warming.

Asked to indicate "what percentage of climate scientists think that human-caused global warming is happening", only 20% selected a value between 91% and 100% - the correct range, as repeated independent studies have demonstrated. Seventy-two percent of poll respondents said climate change is "personally important", which marks all-time high, just beating the result of their first poll way back in November 2008. That same poll also asked if people supported a carbon tax and found roughly two-thirds did if it was used to restore the natural world. Such fees could, for example, go toward building more renewable wind and solar electric generation capability in users' local areas.

"Despite Big Oil's ongoing multi-billion dollar deception campaign, people across America are bearing the real costs of the climate crisis, so it's no surprise we're more concerned than ever". Perhaps what we need now is a new conversation, not about whether climate change is real, but about what we can do together to stop it. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our comments on topic, civil, respectful, family-friendly, and fact-based.

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